It has been a while since I posted but here we are.
I’ve been doing a few driving lessons. For someone so keen on motor racing and car design and so on and such forth I actually find driving pretty dreary. That’s probably why I’ve never been motivated to get the license. The one thing I would like is to get out travelling a bit. See all the little towns I’ve been through in the west of victoria. I like being a passenger. Looking out the window and day-dreaming. One invention that’s about twenty years too late for me is the self-driving car.
I guess I jumped the gun a bit on saying that winter was over six weeks ago or whenever. It has still been a bit cold. There has been quite a good deal of rain. Much more than what I remember it being like back in 2004. It’s hard to belive it’s been so wet and cool here when NSW has been burning. It’s nice to feel drizzle. Drizzle reminds me of being a teenager in the country. There is no drizzle in korea.
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/10430219483/” title=”October showers bring November flowers by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3776/10430219483_a6a9f62076_n.jpg” width=”320″ height=”320″ alt=”October showers bring November flowers”></a>
You know I don’t watch that much TV but when I do I find myself lamenting the state of television commercial advertising. Problem one is that I guess networks offer companies deals like ‘if you only advertise with us we’ll give you a discount’ so, if you only happen to watch one or two channels then you see the same lame ads over and over. And I mean that literally sometimes. I saw the same 15second ad being played twice in a row the other day, multiple times. Man that’s sad. That reminds me of country TV when I was a kid.
The second problem is that there’s little creativity evident.There’s nothing memorable. Even if you don’t remember the product and just remember the ad then that’s a win in my book. The only locally made ads that are worth mentioning are “compare the meerkat.com” and this one below, which I just found out is pretty old (2011) and I only saw during late-night programming. I like to think of it as, “Ohh, Fail!”
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Alcohol companies are the only ones that seem to have money for advertising and the key concept of all of them is _nostalgia_. An ‘Ohh Fail!’ of a different kind is the Carlton Draught <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnNX8SsKF18″>”beer chase”</a> commercials (featuring Dr.Julian Bashir from Deep Space 9) because unless they’re going for a global market why would they film Australian ads in LA?
On the other hand I do really like <a href=””>the</a> <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME6lagbMI0w”>two</a> Southern Comfort ads. Great choice of music.